Things to do
The Romans came and fell in love with Aix-en-Provence, and it’s easy to see why. The city is such a treasure trove of Roman artefacts that you can’t help stumbling over them as soon as you leave your luxury hotel. Or take a short drive out to gawp at the vast and monumental Roquefavour Aqueduct.
The locals say that Aix has more fountains than any other city. Wandering the pedestrianised streets in the centre of town you’ll see what they mean. It’s not just the famous Cours Mirabeau – every square and courtyard seems to have its own unique, time-worn water spouts.
There’s no escaping Mont St. Victoire and its magnificent sheer face. So why not get to really know it and take a hike up the mountain? Bring stout shoes and plenty of water. There’s a monastery at the peak, and visitors are welcome to stay the night. Alternatively you can drive around the lower slopes on the D10.